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Aberlour 'A'bunadh Batch #41'

(59%, OB, 70cl)
Average Score: 65
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameAberlour
Year Bottled2012
Bottling NameA'bunadh Batch #41
Alcohol By Volume59%
Average Score65

Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood62
Oliver Klimek68

Tasting Notes
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Deep amber - Nose: Rich red wine, brandy or cognac, rubber and behind it all a suggestion of fruity wood. - Palate: Curiously tingly (or even pervasively tingly) mouth-feel offers a dryness alongside slightly bitter raisins and nuttiness. There's also some of that fruitiness from the nose, but it struggles for any assertiveness. - With 4 Drops of water: Suddenly the nose is filled with lightly sour cream or a curdled milkiness with some fruity woodiness once again in the background. The palate now makes me think of a strangely fruity furniture polish and crème brulee. - With 4 more drops of water: The nose offers more of the same but the fruitiness is now a little more prominent, thankfully. As for the palate; the less said the better now. - Finish: Long, much too long. - Overall Impression: Paddington gave an extra special stare. Something's just not quite right here.
Oliver KlimekColour: Bright copper - Nose: Rather closed neat, vaguely nutty and fruity. With water: pungent, almost irritating the nasal mucous membranes, dried fruit and mild spices underneath. - Palate: Sharp and acrid tones dominate and cover raisins, orange zest, caramel, cinnamon. - Finish: Rather long (sadly) and not too pleasant. - Overall: I have often stated that I usually don?t mind sulphur in a whisky, and more often than not I actually like it when it spices up a dram. But this is too much even for me. When I opened the bottle I saw grey fumes in the bottleneck! If you have to, drink it neat. Water unleashes the demons. I tasted many wonderful a?Bunadhs, but this batch should never have been bottled.